Chiefs Agree to a New 1-Year Deal With Star DT Chris Jones

Chris Jones at NFL Super Bowl LIV Opening Night in 2020
Chris Jones at NFL Super Bowl LIV Opening Night in 2020. Photo by JLN Photography/Shutterstock (10542018al)

The Kansas City Chiefs have found a way to get their star defensive tackle Chris Jones back on the field. Jones ended his holdout on Monday after agreeing to a new one-year deal with the franchise.

Jones didn’t report for training camp, electing to hold out as his representatives discussed a new contract with the Chiefs. The 29-year-old was entering the last year of his contract and was set to receive $19.5 million in base salary in 2023. He also missed the Chiefs’ 21-20 loss to the Detroit Lions in Week 1.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Jones still has one year left on his deal but will have an opportunity to earn significantly more money this season through bonuses and incentives.

“Chris is an elite player in this league, and over the last seven years, he’s really developed into a leader on our team,” said Chiefs general manager Brett Veach in a statement. “He’s been instrumental to our success and Super Bowl championship runs, and it was a priority for us to keep him in a Chiefs uniform.”

Jones had a career year in 2022, finishing the campaign with a career-high 44 tackles and 15.5 sacks. He earned his fourth consecutive Pro Bowl nod while also being selected First-team All-Pro for the first time in his career.

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